L-R: Mary Harking, Age & Opportunity’s Go for Life Programme Manager, Ger Myers from the Tipperary Team, Tony McCarthy, Age & Opportunity Board Member
Tipperary man, Ger Myers, has won a ‘Spirit of the Games Award’ at the Go for Life Games held in the DCU on Saturday, 9th June.
The Go for Life Games brings together almost 300 older players from all over Ireland to compete, get active and most importantly to have some fun. Now in its seventh year, it has grown to become one of the biggest social sports events for older people in Ireland.
The Spirit of the Games awards go to teams or individuals who encourage a spirit of fair play and solidarity during the final. Ger Myers from Cashel gave up his place on the team to manage the team and has been promoting Go for Life games all over Tipperary. His dedication to the games singled him out for the special award.
Tipperary team at the Go for Life Games
The Tipperary team was one of twenty four teams from around the country participating in a day of fun sporting activities. With 24 teams from 21 counties competing Tipperary faced some stiff competition on the day. The games themselves are devised specifically for older people. 'Scidils' is a two-sided adaptation of ten pin bowling but using two skittles and 'Flisk' is adapted from boccia and horseshoe pitching. This year Go for Life introduced a new game ‘Málaí’ - an adaptation of the popular cornhole game using beanbags and a wooden box which is now being made for groups all over the country by Men’s Sheds.
All of the teams, made up from Active Retirement groups, social clubs, Men’s Sheds, sports clubs and other community groups, have been supported by their Local Sports Partnerships.
Go for Life is the national physical activity programme for older people, run by Age & Opportunity and funded by Sport Ireland. The Go for Life programme and the Games event demonstrates that sports are for everyone, not matter what age you are. What began as a one-day event in 2012 is now a year-round phenomenon, with older groups training, practicing, competing and coming through heats in their counties in order to compete in the finals in DCU.
To find out more about Go for Life in County Tipperary, contact Age & Opportunity on (01) 805 7738 or visit ageandopportunity.ie.